Although Trinity Hill sources fruit from all over Hawke’s Bay, to go into the white ‘Hawke’s Bay’ label, the premium black label ‘Gimblett Gravels’ bottlings are sourced solely from the company’s vineyards in the delineated area.. There are 45 ha of vines, with the ‘Gimblett Stones’ vines on the side of S.H. 50 closest to the Ngaruroro river. The other two main sites are on the other side of S.H. 50, these named the ‘Gimblett Road’ (a.k.a. the ‘Tin Shed’ site) and ‘Gimblett Estate’. A small holding is also on the edge of the Gimblett Gravels area bordering the Bridge Pa Triangle, at the foot of Roy’s Hill, near the winery. This is technically Gimblett Gravels and planted to Chardonnay. In addition there is a ‘Hill Block’ on the ‘Gimblett Heights’ of Roy’s Hill which is not Gimblett Gravels designated.
Warren and Cara took us through a tasting of wines from tank. There was one Chardonnay from 2017, then half a dozen 2018 reds from tank. Here are my impressions.
Apparently the first showing of this wine to someone outside the winery. So I was very privileged. This is Trinity Hill’s flagship, and there has been a particularly magnificent run of consecutive releases yearly since 2013. Warren and his team have been working on making the aromatics more fragrant and complex. I’ve noticed that the wine is becoming increasingly harmonious and balanced, resulting in a beautiful completeness. This will be released in October.
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with black hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is refined and elegant with beautiful proportion showing blackberry fruit along with liquorice and spices, unfolding voluminous perfumes of violet florals. This is so seamless and yet enveloping. Medium-full bodied, the fruit richness on palate is the feature, with sweet and succulent black fruits, liquorice and spices, along with fragrant violet and fine herb nuances. The level of detailing is impressive. The fruit has a very concentrated core, with excellent structure from flowery tannin extraction to match the fruitiness. The mouthfeel is vibrant and energetic with a harmonious vitality. Ripe plum and liquorice elements emerge on the long and sustained finish. Not a blockbuster by any means, but a wine of completeness, fragrance, richness and subtle interwoven componentry that results in harmony. This will live 15+ years by way of its finesse, richness and balance. 19.5/20 April 2018 RRP $TBA
drawing a tank sample of Chardonnay